Traditional Owners study ancient marine ecosystem as it spawns the next generation of corals
The Great Barrier Reef stands as one of the world's oldest natural wonders, with First Nations people living alongside the evolution of this vast coral ecosystem for millennia.This week, as the Great Barrier Reef births the new generation of corals in the annual mass spawning event, Tr...READ NOW
Scientists take students beyond the classroom in unique opportunity
This year, TropWATER scientists provided high school students at Newman Catholic College in Cairns with a unique opportunity to advance their scientific knowledge beyond the classroom, inspiring a new generation of environmentally conscious leaders. ...
Seagrass recovery in Great Sandy Marine Park
Widespread regrowth of seagrass has been reported within the Great Sandy Marine Park, following multiple flood events in early 2022 that led to a devastating loss of seagrass meadows.Researchers from James Cook University (JCU) TropWATER, in coll...
Navigating water security, ecology, and development in Northern Australia
JCU TropWATER researchers are investigating the challenges associated with developing water security in Northern Australia, particularly in regions celebrated for their ecological richness and diversity.Under the Water Security for Northern Austr...
Connecting farmers to science: how paddock-scale data is driving change
As environmental challenges escalate, the need for cane farmers to help improve water quality continues to grow to build the resilience of ecosystems, like the Great Barrier Reef.But how do you bring science to farmers in a way that matters, in a...
Long-term decline in dugong populations confirmed along Great Barrier Reef
A new report from James Cook University (JCU) TropWATER reveals a long-term decline in dugong populations along the Great Barrier Reef, spanning from Mission Beach to Bundaberg, and Hervey Bay in the Great Sandy Strait.Aerial surveys conducted in...
Large-scale seagrass restoration takes root in Tropical Australia
Tropical Australia’s first large-scale seagrass restoration project begins this week in Cairns and Mourilyan, aiming to replenish more than 400 hectares of seagrass habitat devasted by cyclones and La Nina weather events more than a decade ago....
A gateway to understanding manta rays in the central Great Barrier Reef
James Cook University scientists are studying a previously unknown manta ray aggregation at Holbourne Island – capturing photographs of the mantas' distinct markings and deploying satellite and acoustic tracking tags.It’s the first satellite ...
Surveying mangrove forests along the southern Great Barrier Reef coastline
Mangroves are nature's blue carbon powerhouses – capable of capturing and storing significant amounts of carbon – making them a vital tool in mitigating the climate crisis.They’re also biodiversity hotspots that provide essential breeding g...
Sediment hotspots: Improving confidence in our catchment models
New research suggests the effectiveness of water quality catchment models – used to identify sediment hotspots in Great Barrier Reef catchments – can be enhanced by incorporating river sediment tracing and independent water samples.Led by Jam...